Wednesday 22nd August 2018 will always be a date that Dominic Samuel will remember in his career.
On his first outing against former club Reading, the Samuel came off the bench for the start of the second half, but lasted under 25 minutes before going down in pain on the Ewood Park turf.
The diagnosis wasn't good for the 25-year-old forward, with news detailing a nine-month period out of action for the Londoner proving to be a hammer blow.
It's been a long route back to fitness for the frontman, but Sunday morning saw Samuel earn match time for the first time in almost a year, playing 45 minutes against Southport at the Rovers Academy.
“It really felt like a dream come true to be back out there on the pitch again," the striker revealed.
"Putting in the hard shift throughout last season, with every game that passed I was just dying to be out there.
“I’ve come back from a serious injury and I’m just ready to go again now. It’s been like trying to walk again in the first game, just finding my feet.
“I didn’t want to rush into anything, but getting out on the pitch for a game just felt amazing.
“I’m happy to have got a pre-season in with the boys and get a game under my belt. I’m feeling great.
“Serious injuries are part of football. It’s just about getting on with it, working hard and getting back to full fitness as soon as possible."
But despite saying that, Samuel also admits that it took a lot of re-adjusting throughout his rehabilitation.
“The injury didn’t hit me straight away, to be honest," he added.
"It took a couple of weeks to hit home, which is probably down to me being in shock after being told the news.
“Days when you’re coming in with the physios every day, it really was tough. It’s been a long road and I’ve had to be patient.
“When you play football, no matter how much work you do, an injury is an injury. You have to be mentally tough to get over the hurdles.
“Now I can start fresh and hopefully there will be no more long-term injuries.”